The number of patients admitted to the hospital is growing. Dg Dal Ben: “We need great prudence and the adoption of all protective measures”
PADUA. Six new confirmed cases of West Nile within 24 hours. The number of patients affected by the virus admitted to the University Hospital of Padua is expanding. On the day between 3 and 4 August, the positivity of these patients was ascertained, among the currently hospitalized:
• an 85-year-old man living in Padua, in Infectious Diseases.
• a 66-year-old man from Maserà di Padova, in Intensive Care.
• a 59-year-old man from Conselve (PD), in Infectious Diseases.
• a 52-year-old man, also from Conselve (PD), in Infectious Diseases.
• a 72 year old man from Selvazzano Dentro (PD), in Neurology.
• a 51-year-old woman from Polverara in Intensive Care.
From access to certification of the infection, it can pass from 24 to 48, the time necessary to develop all the laboratory tests that attribute the diagnosis of West Nile with certainty.
«Overall, 15 patients are currently hospitalized in the wards of the Padua University Hospital. 6 of these are in intensive care. The rest of the patients are distributed among the Infectious Diseases, the Neurological and Medical Clinics – the Director General Giuseppe Dal Ben announced – The cases are increasing with a certain speed and the impact of the disease on hospital structures is not negligible. We can say that West Nile has supplanted Covid, in terms of numbers, in many departments, even those with a high intensity of care ».
«It is a disease not to be underestimated, which in the most serious forms mainly affects people who already have other pathologies. These are immunocompromised patients due to their diseases – explain the doctors of the Management, committed to guaranteeing the care of these patients and their management in the wards – West Nile causes fever, headache, weakness in these debilitated physicists. in the most serious cases to a strong meningeal involvement, with meningoencephalitis and other neurological forms that can endanger the life of patients “.
“We need great prudence and adopt all protective measures, at any age – underlines the General Manager, Giuseppe Dal Ben – Repellents, the protection of clothes, the refusal to frequent certain risky environments can no longer be rules of prudence waived. Also beware of stagnant waterways today due to drought and puddles in the gardens. This is where mosquitoes most often nest. We reduce domestic accumulations and avoid environments at risk ».